Friday, 9 February 2018

Loveless Review

The latest film from Leviathan director Andrey Zvyagintsev is released in UK cinemas on 9th February. You can find my review of Loveless from the London Film Festival at Starburst Magazine here.

Here's s snippet:

"Stuck in the loveless marriage of the title, a divorcing Russian couple must try to put aside their hatred of each other when their neglected son suddenly goes missing. As if just living with your ex isn't bad enough, Boris (Alexei Rozin) and Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) are forced to cooperate not just with the police and volunteers, but also with each other..."

Here's the trailer:

More reviews from London Film Festival 2017

Friday, 26 January 2018

Last Flag Flying Review

Richard Linklater's new film Last Flag Flying is in UK cinemas from 26th January 2018. I caught it at London Film Festival and reviewed it for Starburst Magazine. Here's a snippet of my review:

"Richard Linklater delivers his most mature film to date in Last Flag Flaying, starring a trio of acting heavyweights; Bryan Cranston, Steve Carrell and Laurence Fishburne. After offering some of the greatest films about boyhood, high school parties, college days and finding young love while travelling, Last Flag Flying sees the director on melancholic form with a film about war, death and growing old (not so) gracefully..."

Read more of my review of Last Flag Flying at Starburst Magazine here. 

Here's the trailer:

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Friday, 12 January 2018

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Review

After winning Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Actress for Frances McDormand, Best Supporting Actor for Sam Rockwell, and Best Screenplay for writer/director Martin McDonagh at the Golden Globes last week, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is released in the UK on Friday 12th January.

It is highly deserving of its plaudits, particularly for McDormand and Rockwell. I was lucky enough to see it at the London Film Festival in 2017 and my review of the film that all the cool kids are simply referring to as 'Three Billboards' is up at Starburst Magazine here. 

This is a film I can't wait to see again and I recommend you get down to a cinema to see it asap. 

Here's a snippet:

'Seven months after the rape and murder of her daughter, Mildred Hayes (McDormand) has had enough of the inertia of the police investigation. Seven months with no answers and no arrests. With the police having given up, Mildred decides to pay for a series of messages to be plastered high on three disused billboards outside her home. This most public of provocations, and the personal prodding of the town’s Chief Willougby begins a feud between Mildred and the police department, not helped by Mildred’s foul mouth and stubborn, but righteous refusal to accept that the cops could give up on catching her daughter’s killer...'

Read more at Starburst Magazine

More reviews from LFF 2017

Thursday, 4 January 2018

My top 25 films of 2017

I have contributed my top 10 films of 2017 lists to Yahoo  Movies 20 best movies of 2017  and HeyUGuys Online Critics Top Ten but since then, the list has already changed as I've finally managed to see the wonderfully moving A Ghost Story and the mind-bending mother!. So they are both now making an appearance in my top 10.

Here's my top 25 of 2017, until further notice!

25. Detroit
24. Okja
23. Fences
22. IT
21. Call Me By Your Name
20. Atomic Blonde
19. Dunkirk
18. Baby Driver
17. God's Own Country
16. La La Land
15. John Wick Chapter 2
14. A Monster Calls
13. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
12. Free Fire
11. Patti Cake$
10. War for the Planet of the Apes
9. Patriots Day
8. Trespass Against Us
7. The Florida Project
6. Ingrid Goes West
5. Lion
4. A Ghost Story
3. mother!
2. Good Time
1. Get Out

But as always, there are a huge amount of films released in the UK that I have not managed to see. Among the many I've missed, the ones I'm most excited to catch are:

The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Toni Erdmann, Blade Runner 2049, Brawl in Cell Block 99, My Life as a Courgette, Loving Vincent, Paddington 2 and Thor Ragnorok.

What were your favourites of the year, and more importantly, what do I still need to get a move on and watch?